CIA: “Family Jewels” report now available


Richard Moore

Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 13:07:01 -0400
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Subject: "Family Jewels" Report Now Available
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National Security Archive Update, June 26, 2007, 1:00 p.m.


For more information contact:
Thomas Blanton - 202/994-7000

Update - June 26, 2007, 1 p.m. - The full "family jewels" report, released today
by the Central Intelligence Agency and detailing 25 years of Agency misdeeds, is
now available on the Archive's Web site. The 702-page collection was delivered 
by CIA officers to the Archive at approximately 11:30 this morning -- 15 years 
after the Archive filed a Freedom of Information request for the documents.

The report is available for download in its entirety and is also split into 
smaller files for easier download.

Click on the link below to read the full report:


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CIA Opens the Book on a Shady Past
    By Alex Johnson
    Tuesday 26 June 2007

Declassified "family jewels" detail assassination plots, break-ins, wiretaps.

The CIA declassified nearly 700 pages of secret records Tuesday recording its 
illegal activities during the first decades of the Cold War, publishing a 
catalog of adventures that run the gamut of spy movie clichés from attempts to 
kill foreign leaders and intercept domestic mail to garden-variety break-ins and

"Most of it is unflattering, but it is CIA's history," the CIA's director, Gen. 
Michael Hayden, said last week in announcing plans to release the documents, 
which had been considered so sensitive that they were known internally as the 
agency's "family jewels."

Much of the material had previously entered the public record through nearly 30 
years of requests by academics, authors and journalists under the Freedom of 
Information Act. But publication of the materials Tuesday by the CIA itself 
marked a major step in the agency's public acknowledgement of its sometimes 
sordid history.

The documents were compiled beginning in 1973 at the order of then-CIA Director 
James Schlesinger, who wanted to be prepared for congressional investigations he
expected in the wake of disclosures that arose during the Watergate scandal. 
Schlesinger's successor, William Colby, was outraged at much of the material, 
which he collected in a report to President Gerald Ford in 1975.

    Assassination Plots, Break-Ins and a Possible Kidnapping

Among the disclosures, gleaned from a six-page summary prepared in January 1975 
by Associate Deputy Attorney General James Wilderotter and an initial review of 
documents by NBC News and, are the following:

€ The CIA confined a Soviet defector, Yuri Nosenko, in a safe house from April 
1964 to September 1967, fearing he might be a plant.

Nosenko, deputy chief of the Seventh Department of the KGB, was responsible for 
recruiting foreign spies. He claimed to have been the KGB handler of the case of
Lee Harvey Oswald, who he said was rejected as not intelligent enough to work as
a KGB agent.

Nosenko was eventually released and was given a false identity. He became an 
adviser to the CIA and the FBI for $35,000 a year and a lump sum $150,000 
payment for his ordeal.

The papers indicate that the CIA regularly confined defectors for interrogation,
but only outside the United States, and the agency was concerned that the 
detention of the Soviet defector might violate kidnapping laws. "The possibility
exists that the press could cause undesirable publicity if it were to uncover 
the story," David H. Blee, chief of the Soviet Bloc Division, wrote in a memo.

€ The CIA conducted surveillance on numerous journalists, including Brit Hume, 
now an anchor for Fox News. Hume was working for investigative columnist Jack 
Anderson when he, Anderson and other Anderson associates were put under 
surveillance in 1972 after Anderson published a column, considered inside the 
agency as highly damaging, reporting that the CIA was "tilting" toward Pakistan 
in its Middle East operations.

Another journalist who was placed under surveillance was Michael Getler, then 
the intelligence reporter for The Washington Post. There was no indication that 
the CIA conducted any illegal wiretaps or other unlawful operations against 

€ For 20 years beginning in 1953, the CIA screened and opened mail to and from 
the Soviet Union that passed through John F. Kennedy International Airport in 
New York. The operation was approved by three successive postmasters general, 
the documents indicate.

€     For three years beginning in 1969, the CIA similarly opened mail to and 
from China that passed through San Francisco.

€ From 1963 to 1973, the CIA authorized and funded "behavioral modification" 
research on Americans without their consent. The research primarily involved 
observation of their reactions in public, but some of it involved reactions to 
undisclosed drugs, the documents report. The CIA plotted the assassinations of 
Cuban President Fidel Castro; Patrice Lumumba, the democratically elected 
president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Rafael Trujillo, the 
Dominican dictator.

The papers report that Robert F. Kennedy, attorney general for his brother, 
President John Kennedy, was involved in planning the operation against Castro, 
an allegation that his son, Robert Kennedy Jr., denied strongly this week in an 
interview on MSNBC's "Hardball."

    Mob Boss Worries Over Girlfriend

The papers also include some disclosures that can only be described as odd, 
NBC's Robert Windrem reported.

The Mafia was also involved in the plot to assassinate Castro, the papers 
reveal, and Sam Giancana, boss of the Chicago mob, once used that connection to 
seek a personal favor.

According to the documents, Giancana asked Robert Maheu, his contact with the 
CIA, for help in bugging his girlfriend, Phyllis McGuire, a member of the 
McGuire Sisters, a popular singing group.

Giancana wanted to know whether McGuire was having an affair with Dan Rowan, 
half of the Rowan & Martin comedy team. But the CIA technician was caught, and 
the Justice Department had to get involved at the highest levels - Kennedy, the 
attorney general - to block prosecution.

The 693 pages of CIA disclosures were turned over in 1975 to three investigative
panels - special House and Senate committees and a commission headed by 
then-Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. Much of the material has since seen the 
light of day, but Tuesday marked the first time the CIA had publicized and taken
formal public responsibility for activities.

In his address last week, to a conference of historians, Hayden acknowledged 
that the papers "provide a glimpse of a very different time and a very different

    NBC News investigative producer Robert Windrem contributed to this report.

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